Financial stability should not be used as a bargaining tool for Brexit

first_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoCrowdy FanCouple Who Waits 9 Years To Open Their Wedding Present Gets A Rude AwakeningCrowdy FanUndo It is not clear, though, whether any withdrawal agreement will be reached.This means that it “is now pressing” – in the Bank of England’s words – for action to be taken that prevents disruption to cross-border financial services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.I visited Frankfurt last week, and concern about cliff-edge issues was echoed in meetings with major German institutions.The potential for significant market disruption was also recognised in recent public statements by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (Isda), which published a paper backed by six European financial trade associations.There are serious cliff-edge issues that cannot be addressed by the private sector alone in the time remaining, including contract continuity, cross-border data flows, and the operation of clearing houses. Share Last week’s European Union summit in Brussels had long been billed as a crunch moment for answering this key question and determining the future direction of the Brexit negotiations.As the dust settles, however, it remains unclear whether the UK will be able to strike a deal with the EU27, meaning that businesses on both sides of the Channel continue to face acute uncertainty.Read more: UK ready to agree Irish backstop deal to speed Brexit talksThe Prime Minister did indicate last week that the Brexit transition period could be extended by “a matter of months”.We welcome the continuing commitment of both sides to deliver a legally-binding transition period as part of any withdrawal agreement. Tags: Bank of England Brexit Monday 22 October 2018 8:59 am Deal or no deal?center_img whatsapp Catherine McGuinness Financial stability should not be used as a bargaining tool for Brexit It is positive that some EU voices, such as Felix Hufeld of the German regulator BaFin, are now calling for a bilateral political solution to this issue. He is right to do so.This is not to prejudge the future relationship, but just to ensure that UK-EU business can go on without disruption on day one after Brexit.I hope that the working group between the European Central Bank and the Bank of England can make some progress on these technical issues behind the curtain. But ultimately regulators can only act within the remit given to them by politicians.Financial stability should not be used as a bargaining tool in the negotiations. It is fast approaching five months to go until Brexit. We need to be prepared for no deal.Read more: Michel Barnier warns no-deal Brexit remains possible whatsapp Both sides should urgently work together to address these issues in order to protect financial stability and ensure that the industry can continue to service its clients.The Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority took steps unilaterally last year so that European banks and insurers can continue operating in the UK even if there is no deal.But we now need to see EU regulators, either collectively or bilaterally, take reciprocal action.Failure by the EU authorities to act now could – as Isda points out in the derivatives space – lead to firms being forced to take disruptive, risky, costly, and potentially irreversible steps to seek to mitigate negative effects. And in some cases no such steps are practically available to them.These cliff-edge risks could in turn destabilise markets as well as hitting households and businesses on both sides of the Channel.last_img read more

Transcript: Obama’s remarks to Alaska Native leaders

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Climate Change | Environment | GovernmentTranscript: Obama’s remarks to Alaska Native leadersSeptember 1, 2015 by KTOO News Department Share:Dena’ina Civic and Convention CenterAnchorage, Alaska4:22 P.M. AKDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Well, I am thrilled to be in Alaska.  And I look forward to spending the next few days with everyday Alaskans to tell me what’s going on in their lives and what’s going on in this remarkable state.I want to thank our Governor, Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, as well as Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of Interior for joining us.But the main purpose of this meeting was to give me an opportunity to interact and listen to some Alaska Native tribal leaders.  A number of them I’ve met with before during the Tribal Summits that we’ve had in Washington.  But this gave me a chance to focus more intensely on specifically what’s happening in Alaska.  And they don’t just represent a large portion of Alaska’s population; these are communities that have been around for 10,000 years or so.  So it’s worth paying attention to them because they know a little bit from all that history.Street-level view of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. (Creative Commons photo by Paxson Woelber)Since I took office, I’ve been committed to sustaining a government-to-government relationship between the United States and our tribal nations.  We host tribal leaders in Washington every year.  I’ve visited Indian Country at the Standing Rock Reservation and the Choctaw Nation.  This week, we’re going to be visiting two more tribal communities here in Alaska — in Dillingham and Kotzebue.And in fact, by the end of my time in office, I’ll have visited more communities — more tribal communities than any previous sitting President, which I feel pretty good about — in case anybody is keeping track.One of the things that we’ve been focused on is how can we work together and improve communication, consultation, collaboration and participation in dealing with the issues that face Native communities.  And we’ve made progress so far in providing support for tribal youth, expanding access to health care, improving disaster assistance, making sure that we’re addressing squarely the profound issues around violence against Native women.We’ve also made a couple of news announcements today.  Obviously the big one was returning the most magnificent peak in our nation to its original name — Mount Denali — something that the people of Alaska had been working on and petitioning consistently since 1970.  And I’m glad that we were able to respond to that.My administration also is taking new action to make sure that Alaska Natives have direct input into the management of Chinook salmon stocks, something that has been of great concern here.But one of the biggest things I heard during this discussion was the need for us to work more intensively and more collaboratively with communities, particularly in rural areas, that are burdened by crippling energy costs, that are obviously continually concerned about hunting and fishing rights and their ability to sustain their way of life in the face of profound climate change that’s taking place — taking place, in fact, faster — twice as fast here in Alaska as it is in the Lower 48.And so, in addition to initiatives around renewable energy and how we can be more creative in helping local communities deal with high energy costs and bringing them down, housing construction that’s more energy efficient that can save people money, we’re also going to be paying a lot of attention to how we can work together and tap into the wisdom and knowledge of tribal communities in managing and conserving land in the face of what is a profound global challenge.Many of the issues that were raised here — everything from voting rights to land trusts — are issues that my agencies will be following up with on an ongoing basis.  And we’ve already had a lot of visits from various Cabinet Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries, working with the people around this table.  That’s going to continue for as long as I remain President.  And hopefully we will have set a new pattern and a new set of relationships that will extend well beyond my own presidency, because when it comes to the First Americans, how we interact with these communities says a lot about who we are as a country. And I think the people of Alaska understand that as well as anybody.So, again, I want to thank all the leadership here for everything that they’ve done in working with us.  I want to thank you for all the great ideas that you offered.  And I want to thank the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Senator for their participation as well.  They obviously feel very deeply about these issues in their home state as well.All right.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you, pool.END4:28 P.M. AKDTShare this story:last_img read more

Young votes against condemning Trump for racist tweets

first_img….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019Young voted no on the House resolution, as did all but four Republicans. In a press statement afterward, Young said the non-binding measure only contributes to partisan rancor. He did not mention what the president said, but he did put in a plug for the diversity among his colleagues in the House.“In fact, our varied perspectives make us more responsive to the needs of a nation of many people,” Young’s statement reads.Of the three people representing Alaska in Congress, only Sen. Lisa Murkowski has criticized Trump. In social media posts, she called his remarks on Twitter spiteful and “absolutely unacceptable.” Federal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsYoung votes against condemning Trump for racist tweetsJuly 16, 2019 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, in his Washington, D.C., office. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Alaska Congressman Don Young declined an opportunity Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump for tweets he wrote that are widely viewed as racist.The U.S. House of Representatives voted 240-187 to condemn Trump for “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” In tweets on Sunday, Trump said four members of Congress — all women of color — should “go back” to where they came from. Some of her constituents chided her for not calling the tweets “racist.” Murkowski said she thinks the “racist” label applies.“I took it in that context, yes,” she said Tuesday.She chose her words to apply more broadly, because she said lots of people have escalated the rhetoric.“This is a reminder to us all that our words matter, and we need to use our words wisely,” she said.Sen. Dan Sullivan called for civility, but he didn’t criticize Trump. Asked whether the president’s tweet was racist, Sullivan issued a statement Monday night saying the Democratic Party has turned to the far left and has bad policies on energy, border security and Israel, but that Republicans and Democrats need to debate respectfully.Share this story:last_img read more

Welcome news for workers as wage growth outpaces inflation for first time since 2009

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Share whatsapp Wednesday 12 November 2014 9:47 pm More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com whatsappcenter_img WAGES have beaten inflation for the first time in five years, official data revealed yesterday.Regular pay – which excludes bonuses – was 1.3 per cent higher in the three months to September than it was in the same period a year ago. With annual consumer price inflation down to 1.2 per cent, it marked the first time since 2009 that real regular pay has risen.This means wage packets can now buy more goods and services than they could before.Pay grew even faster in the private sector, climbing 1.6 per cent on the year. Unemployment has also fallen to six per cent in the three months to September from 6.3 per cent in the three months to June – the lowest rate of joblessness for five years. Trade unionists remain sceptical of the recovery in the jobs market.“Huge concerns remain about the quality of many of the jobs being created, and as the chancellor has found out to his cost many people are not earning enough to pay much tax, if any,” said Frances O’Grady of the TUC. The government maintained its upbeat stance on the labour market.“Two-thirds of the rise in employ­ment since 2010 has actually been in managerial and professional occupations, and if we look at the various rise across sectors, all sectors have grown and an array of jobs within that,” Esther McVey, minister of state for employment, told City A.M. Welcome news for workers as wage growth outpaces inflation for first time since 2009 Show Comments ▼ Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Kim Jong Il Must Feel His “Life Threatened” to Surrender Nukes

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion [imText1]Following the nuke experiments, it has been suggested that though the chances that North Korea will take holistic provocative acts are low, it is likely that the nuclear issue will be used to enforce “indirect aggression” and interfere with South Korea. Former secretary to the president for National Defense and visiting professor to Myongji University, North Korea Studies Professor Kim Hee Sang proposed in an interview with the Daily NK, “Though North Korea conducted nuke experiments, it will be difficult for North Korea to receive acknowledgement from the international community as a country possessing nukes” and analyzed “It is likely North Korea will take South Korea as a hostage and indulge in interfering acts and threats.”He said “In a position of possessing nukes, it is possible that North Korea will urge demolition of South Korea’s national security and request wider gaps for North Korean movements and influences. If South Korea does not accept these requests, it is possible that South Korea will be threatened with an attitude “Then, are you waging war?”As a former battalion commander and regimental commander, planning officer and secretary for National Defense, Blue House in the presidential period of the Roh Tae Woo, Kim Yong Sam, Professor Kim is well informed of security policies. He criticizes that non-militaristic sanctions such as the exclusion of military force, economic sanctions and talks alone will not be able to resolve the North Korea nuke issue.He claims “It will be difficult to create an economic situation more difficult than the critical times experienced in the mid-90’s with purely non-militaristic sanctions. In spite of these severe economic trials and the world keeping an eye on North Korea, nuclear weapons were still created. If sanctions are advocated without military force, North Korea will not forfeit its nukes.”“Kim Jong Il will only surrender nukes when his life or destruction to the regime is threatened”Professor Kim said “For Kim Jong Il to surrender his nukes, he must either feel that his life is threatened or that his regime is going to collapse. Even amongst the circumstances where hundreds and thousands of citizens are dying of hunger, he continued to develop his nukes. It will not be easy for him to forfeit his nukes.”Further he criticized “It (North Korean nuclear issue) cannot be resolved through talks alone” and “Until now, talks were ineffective. Also North Korea did not develop its nukes because the “Sunshine Policy” was deficient. Merely relying on talks is no different to tolerating North Korea’s nuclear development.”Regarding the criticisms by Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) he explained “The PSI works in collaboration with the world. The chances an arms conflict will arise is small because if a problem does occur, this will be a collective response by the world.”Further he claimed “A dispute will not arise just because the PSI becomes involved” and said “If North Korea continues to pose threats and drags Korea through this issue, we will not be able to protect our democratic system by ourselves.”In spite of the Kim Dae Jung-Roh Moo Hyun government’s Comprehensive Policy, he said in regards to North Korea persisting with nuclear developments “Reflections need to be made having seen the outcome of the Sunshine Policy” and urged “We must pull ourselves together if we are to prevent our future generation from living a wretched life as a hostage to North Korea.”In addition, he rebuked “At present, we are faced with a serious security threat. In order to solve this issue, we must work in partnership with the flow of the international community and fall back on the flow of generations to work in cooperation with North Korea.”Professor Kim Hee Sang has been known for his deep knowledge of North Korean issues in the division of warfare and policy, in particular military strategies. After graduating from Military Academy in 1968, Professor Kim studied at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Seoul National University. Later, he attended the U.S. Army War College and completed his graduate studies with Master of Public Administration from the University of Shippensburg, U.S. and in 2003 completed his Doctorate from the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University. Professor Kim has also written various publications on “National Security in the 21st Century.” SHARE Analysis & Opinion Kim Jong Il Must Feel His “Life Threatened” to Surrender Nukes RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Analysis & Opinion AvatarPark Hyun Min Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion By Park Hyun Min – 2006.10.27 1:36pm last_img read more

Appointing Counsel

first_imgTags :city councilSanta Monicayour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentIn and Out: Trump selective about travel during shutdownWet week begins with ocean warningsYou Might Also LikeColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author14 hours agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving Santa Monica LibrariesGuest Author3 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereBusinesses need helpGuest Author6 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving energyGuest Author6 days ago HomeNewsCity CouncilAppointing Counsel Jan. 15, 2019 at 4:53 amCity CouncilColumnsEditorialElectionsGovernmentInside/OutsideOpinionPoliticsAppointing CounselMike Feinstein2 years agocity councilSanta Monicayour column hereCity Hall (File photo) By Michael Feinstein. Inside/Outside. January 15, 2019With the election of Tony Vasquez to the California State Board of Equalization in November 2018 – and with his subsequent, legally-mandated resignation of his City Council seat in order to join the Board of Equalization – there is now an unscheduled mid-term vacancy on the Santa Monica City Council, the 16th time since Santa Monica went to a seven member Council in 1946.How should the seat be filled? As the old adage says, ‘very carefully’, haha.There is no recipe, rule nor criteria on how to fill the seat.  Ultimately it will come down to four votes on the City Council, among the remaining six members to make the appointment. 
What does the application process tell us?To be considered for appointment by the City Council, one must apply online here www.smgov.net/councilappoint by noon, January 17.The application form first asks applicants to specify their current or prior service on any City Board or Commission, which community activities they are involved in, and their other qualifications, experience, education, and their technical/professional background relative to the duties of the City Council. They are also asked whether they are able to commit to the heavy time and workload required to be an effective Santa Monica City Councilmember. (What should be added to this last question is mention of the part-time level of financial compensation for serving on the Council, as this can also affect one’s ability to commit and serve.)These first questions address competency – can you actually do the job? The next two questions — ‘what are your goals in serving on the City Council’, and ‘what is your vision for Council and the role it plays in Santa Monica and the region’ — give the applicant the opportunity to address how they would do their job personally, the role they see for the Council overall, and just as importantly, what are their public policy priorities. (A hidden jewel in the ‘vision’ question is the mention of the region. Anyone who works on housing, transportation, homelessness or other issues knows how much Santa Monica is affected by the larger region.)What are the political considerations?Of course the appointment process is not divorced from politics.  What political considerations may be before the Council? One is whether there is a ‘voter mandate’ for what type of person should be appointed. Some argue that an appointee should generally reflect the politics and policies of the Councilmember who resigned, because that way the will of the voters who elected that person continue to be reflected.  But what if another election has been held since that person was elected (Santa Monica’s City Council elections occur every two years, with three or four members elected each time to staggered, four-year terms). Do we ask what that election tell us about the latest will of the voters?Then there is the balance of power, especially in a place like Santa Monica, where land use and development is such an important issue. Will an appointee maintain the existing balance of power on this key issue — as well as other sometimes controversial issues like affordable housing, tenant protection and social services — or will they alter it?  From a policy perspective, even if an applicant wouldn’t alter the balance of power, would they bring additional views and expertise to existing policies, that might improve and enhance them? And can they add diversity to the Council in other ways, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other important aspects?By definition, filing a mid-term vacancy is not for a full four-year term, so the time to ‘get up to speed’ is less than normal. Do you therefore want to bring in someone who can hit the ground running, like a former Councilmember or perhaps someone else who has served in a different elected office? Or do you go with someone who has not had previous governing experience? In these latter cases, prior experience on a City Board or Commission is also relevant.Then there is the question of conferring future political advantage to the appointee, by making them an incumbent in the next election, should they choose to run. Six of nine Santa Monica appointees that ran in the next election after being appointed were re-elected – Russell Hart (1949), John Bohn (1963), Virgil Kingsley (1969), Alan Katz (1985), Gleam Davis (2010) and Terry O’Day (2010).  Three were not re-elected – Lowell Patton (1971), Hilliard Lawson (1975) and Arthur Rinck (1973) – the latter swept out of office because of his February 1973 vote to tear down the Santa Monica Pier.Alternatively, sometimes when someone seeks appointment to fill a short-term legislative vacancy, they offer to do it only until the next election, in order to mitigate this concern of gained advantage. 

In four other cases, appointees chose not to run after serving out the partial term to which they were appointed. In two cases (1979 and 1999), the Council moved to hold a special election, and in two others (1965 and 1980), the vacancy came so close to the next regular election that the Council left the seat vacant until then.
Who should the Council appoint?In a City with as rich a political culture as Santa Monica, there will rightfully by a range of diversity within our local community that seeks representation via this appointment; and the range of qualified candidates that have or are still rumored to be applying is exciting and reflective of the deep talent base in our community.  But even though the universe is contained in a grain of sand and we are all multitudes, because only one person that can be chosen to fill this vacant seat, by definition this appointment will be representative of some views and not others, leaving some Santa Monicans satisfied and other not by this appointment.That should also be a sobering thought for those who think single-seat, winner-take-all district elections would be a good thing for our community – elections where voters would be restricted to voting for only one council seat out of seven. What happens if they lose on that one? Three-Part Series on City Council appointments:Part I – Appointing History, January 14, 2019Part II – Appointing Counsel, January 15, 2019Part III – Appointing Process, February 11, 2019Michael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002) and City Councilmember (1996-2004) .  He can be reached via Twitter @mikefeinstein‘Inside/Outside‘ is a periodic column about civic affairs Feinstein writes for the Daily Press, that takes advantage of his experience inside and outside of government.last_img read more

SMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekend

first_imgHomeNewsElectionsSMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekend Nov. 06, 2020 at 6:03 amElectionsFeaturedNewsSMPD to remain on ‘maximum deployment’ through weekendBrennon Dixson7 months agomaximum deployment Polling stations are closed, but the Santa Monica Police Department will remain on maximum deployment this weekend to ensure the city is secure and residents are safe from potential unrest.Interim Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks said earlier this week that the voting process in Santa Monica went well and there were no incidents that occurred Tuesday related to the election. But with tensions high and uncertainty remaining, SMPD leaders believe it best for the department to continue its high-profile presence until Sunday at the earliest.As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there has been no information about any direct threats to our city, Seabrooks said. “Nevertheless, I want you to be certain about this: the women and men at the Santa Monica Police Department will continue to have a strong presence throughout the community. This presence includes both high visibility patrols in our commercial and business centers and in our residential neighborhoods. You’ll also see our helicopter overhead.”SMPD understands this may be a bit disconcerting, but aerial coverage is an invaluable resource that provides officers with additional situational awareness and enables officers to quickly deploy and manage field resources.“Because of the uncertainty our community has expressed to us, we want to make sure we are here and available to quickly respond or show our visual deterrence in the city,” SMPD Lt. Joseph Cortez said. “Currently, we have no personnel responding outside of the city outside of our prior arrangements. So, we have been able to maintain posture inside of our boundaries, and that’s because we really want everyone in the neighborhood or business areas to see a police officer.”Cortes said he and local officers expect the weekend to be quite calm and people will go about their business as usual. “It’s just we’re in a state where we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen,” so it’s best for everybody to be proactive.“But since we have so many officers around in the community, we are sure we have the ability to keep everybody safe,” Cortes said. “We have comprehensive plans in place that take from the best practices across the country; and to quote a lieutenant who’s been very involved with everything — ‘We’re ready. We got this.’ So I want the community to feel they can trust our preparation and know we are taking the necessary steps to produce the highest level of public safety.”“As always, we encourage you to keep communicating with us online and via telephone,” Seabrooks added in the video. “Our strong relationship with you is the key to us being able to keep Santa Monica safe.”[email protected] :maximum deploymentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYour Column HereUber’s food delivery business outshines core rides serviceYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Back at Kingsmill, Ariya has left fear behind

first_imgWILLIAMSBURG, Va. –Ariya Jutanugarn loves rollercoaster rides. So does her sister, Moriya. So after practicing Sunday for the Kingsmill Championship, they bolted to nearby Busch Gardens to have some fun on rides like Apollo’s Chariot, Tempesto and Verbolten. “It was the perfect time,” Ariya said. “No lines.” “We run into every ride,” Moriya said. “We’re never scared.” Ariya couldn’t say that about her golf game a little more than a year ago. Fear once ruled over her, and it infected her entire game. There were too many bad memories built up of her struggling to keep her driver in play and missing cuts. That’s what makes her return to Kingsmill special. Jutanugarn, 21, is defending an LPGA title for the first time in her career. She won the Kingsmill Championship last year as part of her breakthrough run, becoming the first player to have her first three LPGA titles come in consecutive events. After collapsing in the final round of the ANA Inspiration last year, Ariya bounced back a month later to win the Yokohama Tire Classic, Kingsmill and the Volvik Championship. (Yokohama folded as an LPGA event, leaving Kingsmill as Jutanugarn’s first title defense.) The three titles, fittingly, all came in the month of May, which is Ariya’s nickname. “I’m really proud of myself for that final round,” Jutanugarn said. “I never thought about the outcome, because I won the week before. I didn’t really worry who was going to win. I did a great job in the final round last year.” Jutanugarn beat back a lot of bad memories to win five times overall last year, becoming the first Thai player to win the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award. She did it by reworking her swing under Gary Gilchrist, and reworking her thinking under Vision 54’s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott. While much has been made of the changes Jutanugarn made to her pre-shot routine, to the focus it gave her in what Vision 54 calls “The Play Box,” Nilsson says Jutanugarn’s success equally hinged on what she learned about Vision 54s “Memory Box,” that place players find themselves immediately after hitting a shot. “Learning to actually focus in the ‘Play Box’ and how to react after the shot were two unbelievably big factors for her,” Nilsson said. “When she improved just a little bit in those areas, it started freeing her up, to where her raw talent could come alive.” Jutanugarn went to work trying to master those mental skills. “She wasn’t actually focused enough times,” Nilsson said. “Now, she is more focused hitting shots, and much more disciplined in how she reacts to shots. She can separate the outcome from the process.” Nilsson said Jutanugarn embraced the “Memory Box.” “Before, when I missed a shot, I’d be really upset and start to, like, yell,” Jutanugarn said. “When I have that feeling, I remember a bad thing. Now, when I miss a shot, I just act like, ‘It can happen. It’s going to happen if you play golf.’ I want to make sure when I hit a good shot, I’m going to have a good memory.” Jutanugarn works almost as much on trying to control thoughts as she does trying to control shots. “She did have a tendency, in general, to focus on all the thing that were wrong or bad,” Nilsson said. “She understood that wasn’t very smart, but she was open to learn to be a little different about it.” Today, especially at Kingsmill, Jutanugarn has a lot of great memories to fuel her. And she’s looking to build on them this week.last_img read more

Several leading companies join global electric vehicle campaign

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Global leading companies have joined the [email protected] campaign, which aims to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles and target at least 30% new electric vehicle sales by 2030.The companies that have joined the campaign are ChargePoint, Enel X, E.On, Fortum, Iberdrola, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Vattenfall.The expanded membership will strengthen the collective and coordinated approach to meeting the [email protected] objectives.Also joining the campaign is the UK alongside existing members namely Canada, China, Finland, France, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.The addition of companies active on the electric mobility front is also a milestone for the initiative, which was started last year by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).It represents a major step forward in the campaign’s multi-stakeholder approach and reflects the reality of the electric mobility transition that is taking place on the ground.About the [email protected] campaignThe [email protected] campaign is organised by the CEM-Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), coordinated by the International Energy Agency (IEA).The campaign was launched during the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), held in Beijing in June 2017. Read more: India scaling up local EV battery productionAccording to the IEA, since its launch, the [email protected] campaign has succeeded in bringing together over 30 leading cities from 12 countries on the topic of urban electrification via the Pilot City Programme.This initiative acknowledges that cities are running at the forefront of the electric mobility transition and intends to demonstrate how local- and national-level cooperation brings about more successful and sensible policies.“The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 gives a boost to the ambitions of the Netherlands in e-mobility, the transition to renewable energy and business opportunities in the field of charging infrastructure and the automotive sector. It’s our goal to have 100% of all newly registered cars in 2030 being zero-emission cars,” said Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands.Global EV stockThe campaign supports the market for 2-3 wheelers, electric passenger cars, light commercial vans, buses and trucks (including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle types).It also works towards the deployment of charging infrastructure to supply sufficient power to the vehicles deployed.In 2017, the global electric car stock reached more than 3 million vehicles, after growing exponentially for the last ten years, according to the latest Global EV Outlook report.The campaign also aims to foster cooperation among many stakeholders on electric mobility to exchange experiences and deliver the quality capacity building to policymakers and other electric mobility stakeholders in EVI countries and beyond.“With a large number of vehicles on the road registered to companies, we know business has an instrumental role to play in driving the transition to electric transport. The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative brings together leading companies choosing electric vehicles for their fleets and installing charging infrastructure at their premises by 2030,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group.“Governments and businesses must take action together, joining forces in a shared ambition for electric transport and sending a clear market signal to accelerate a roll-out of electric vehicles,” Clarkson added.You can access more information here. Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSelectric [email protected] campaignInternational Energy AgencyParis climate agreement Previous articleBlockchain is driving innovative demand response programmesNext articleWorld Bank evaluates Somalia’s vibrant mobile money market Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Former friend to fake heiress Anna Sorokin talks about falling under her spell, losing over $60K

first_imgABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — A former friend of fake heiress Anna Sorokin says she has wondered how she missed all the red flags from the convicted con-woman, who she now calls a “sociopath.”Rachel Williams wishes she never met Sorokin, she told ABC News. Williams was among many others who Sorokin — a globe-trotting, high-life scammer — betrayed for over a year. Now, Sorokin is in prison, convicted of several counts of grand larceny. Prosecutors said she defrauded luxury hotels, banks and even a private jet company out of more than a quarter-million dollars.Williams recounted her experience in an interview with ABC News’ Deborah Roberts as well as in her new book, “My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress.”In some ways, Williams said, she was seduced by Sorokin’s behavior.“I was captivated by it,” she said. “I was sort of fascinated by her willingness to just…challenge boundaries.”Sorokin’s inconceivable life as the so-called “SoHo scammer” began when she moved to New York City in 2014 and assumed the name Anna Delvey. She claimed to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund, and eventually used that fake identity to talk herself into exclusive New York parties and nightclubs, prosecutors said. It was in one of those clubs that she met Williams, then a 28-year-old photo editor at Vanity Fair magazine.Williams said her first impression of Sorokin was that she was “slightly offbeat.”“She had curious mannerisms; she kind of fidgeted a lot,” she said. “She was quirky.”Williams said that Sorokin often picked up the tab at first, treating her to fancy dinners, $300 private fitness sessions and infrared sauna treatments.Williams said her late 20s was a period of “major transition for me and my friends.”“A lot of them were getting married or having babies or leaving the city…and I felt a little bit isolated,” she said. “I kind of wanted a diversion. And I was so glad to have this person who was available and seemed really excited to be my friend.”Then, in spring 2017, Williams said Sorokin offered her an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco. On the trip, however, Williams said Sorokin’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working.“I’m frustrated…at the disorganization,” Williams recalled. “But at this point, I still trust her.”Fearful of being stranded in a foreign country, Williams said she offered her credit cards as a temporary backup, even though she could not afford it.“I leave before Anna does,” she said. “When I land…I get a text message that the whole villa’s being charged to my cards.”The amount: $62,000.Williams described seeing that charge as a “complex, paralyzing moment for me.”“She owed me more money than I made in a year,” she added.While Sorokin allegedly kept saying that bank transfers were supposed to be coming through, Williams said, “It was starting to eat at me.”“I am late with my rent,” Williams said. “I’m late with my credit card payments.”But soon it became clear to Williams that she had been duped, she said, so she went to the police and then the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. When Sorokin couldn’t be found, Williams turned to social media to smoke her out, aiding investigators with a sting operation that eventually led to Sorokin’s arrest in summer 2017 in Malibu, California.Williams said she helped authorities apprehend Sorokin not only because of the money she had lost but also because “what was really upsetting to me was sort of this riddle that needed to be solved.”Williams soon learned the painful truth: her “friend” was no heiress, but rather, a con artist. The Russian-born daughter to middle-class parents who prosecutors said faked financial records, wrote bad checks and scammed her way through New York City’s high society even showed up for her court date in designer clothes.“I wasn’t sure what to expect in seeing Anna after all that time,” Williams said of coming face-to-face with her former friend in court. “When I did look…at her, she was smirking at me.”Williams said that the smirk didn’t work to unnerve her. “At that point, understanding her for who she was…it caused her to lose her power. … And she became no longer scary to me.”Sorokin was convicted in May on eight counts including grand larceny, but she was found not guilty of defrauding Williams. She was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution. Her attorney still insists she meant no real harm.“I don’t believe a criminal act occurred,” Todd Spodek, Sorokin’s attorney, said. “She [Williams] made a voluntary choice to put this debt on her credit card, she didn’t have to, she wasn’t forced to do it, she chose to do it, and that was a mistake.”Williams said that looking back, she believes she “wanted to see the good in [Sorokin].”“I think it’s also important,” she said. “To see reality and to understand what’s right in front of you.”Now, Williams said her philosophy is to always “trust your gut.”Spodek told ABC News that they had filed a Notice of Appeals, but are still reviewing the appellate options.Following the trial and an investigation into the Moroccan resort charges, Williams’ credit card company forgave a bulk of her debt — she was still required to pay back some of the expenses incurred.HBO purchased the rights to Williams’ story and is currently working on an adaptation to be helmed by Lena Dunham.Sorokin sold the rights to her story to Netflix and Shonda Rimes. However, she will not legally be able to profit from the deals and the money will instead help pay back those she was convicted of scamming.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more